Rafael Nadal sows uncertainty over his tennis future after US Open loss: ‘I don’t know when I’ll be back’

Rafael Nadal sows uncertainty over his tennis future after US Open loss: ‘I don’t know when I’ll be back’

Rafa Nadal said goodbye to the US Open and wondered about his future on the circuit (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The validity of Raphael Nadal on the professional tennis circuit, you can’t argue. During this year 2022, Spanish has been consecrated in two of the four Grand Slams of the year (Australian Open and Roland Garros) and also celebrated the titles of Melbourne and Acapulco. Although he started the US Open well, he met the American High-level Frances Tiafoe, who won the fourth-round match and knocked her out of the US Open in four series.

Once the duel that was played in the stadium is over Arthur Ashe, the Mallorcan didn’t apologize after the loss to the hosts. “I played badly and he played well. If you want to be in the quarterfinals of the US Open, you have to play better than me,” analyzed Nadal. Then, when asked about his future in tennis, the winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, was energetic.

” I have to go home). I need to fix things, life, so I don’t know when I’ll be back. I will try to be mentally ready. When I feel ready to compete again, I’ll be there.”he expressed in dialogue with the media during the post-match press conference.

How will your 2022 calendar follow? It looks like Rafa doesn’t know if he’ll play again for the rest of the year. “I just lost the last 16 of the last Grand Slam of the season. As you can imagine. Right now it’s hard for me to make a clear analysis of what my immediate future will be.“, confessed the 36-year-old tennis player, who is about to become a dad for the first time in his life.

“Right now what I have to do is go home, I have much more important things to do than tennis. Personal life always comes before professional life. It’s time to do ‘a reset’“, added Nadal, who before his performance at the US Open was attentive to a scheduled operation that his wife Mery “Xisca” Perelló had to perform.

The Mallorcan ended a 22-game Grand Slam winning streak (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
The Mallorcan ended a 22-game Grand Slam winning streak (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

“It’s been a few months that’s been a bit difficult from every point of view, that’s the reality. And from there, starting over professionally speaking and, on a personal level, ending with something that is important in my life, which is to have my first child and to have confidence that everything will turn out well,” he added.

The loss to Tiafoe meant the end of Nadal’s 22-game Grand Slam winning streak if we remember his consecrations in Australia and at Roland-Garros, and that at Wimbledon, he had to forfeit as the semi-final approached, which he was going to play with the Australian Nick Kyrgios after his be broken seven millimeters in one of the abdominal muscles.

“I tried it. I had trained well the week before, I was very happy with my week of preparation. Later, at the competition level, maybe I lack a bit of freshness, a little more shooting, a little more hard-to-explain things that are intangible, and maybe a little calmer, ”he later reflected on the fall 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and 6 -3 in three hours and 34 minutes against Tiafoe.

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